• Q4 net profit reaches US$1.7m
  • Net sles climb 46.4%

Career and workwear manufacturer Superior Uniform Group has booked an increase in fourth-quarter earnings and sales, boosted by its acquisition of rival HPI Direct last year.

In the three months to the end of December, earnings reached US$1.7m compared to a net profit of $485,000 in the year ago period.

Net sales were up 46.4% to $45.5m from $31m in the comparable period last year.

"We remain in a very strong financial condition and are happy to be in a position that allows us to continue to pursue additional strategic acquisitions and to make the other investments in our future that will allow us to deliver even more robust results," said CEO Michael Benstock.

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Superior Uniform Group, Inc. Reports Operating Results for 2013
GlobeNewswire Superior Uniform Group, Inc.

Net Sales Increase 26.8%
HPI Reports Net Sales of $21,052,000, an Increase of 33.7%
The Office Gurus Reports Net Sales Increase of 63.4%
Net Earnings Per Share (Diluted) Increase by 87.8%
SEMINOLE, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (SGC), manufacturer of uniforms, image apparel and accessories, today announced its fourth quarter and year-end operating results for 2013.

The Company announced that for the year ended December 31, 2013, net sales increased 26.8% to $151,496,000, compared to 2012 net sales of $119,486,000. Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $5,850,000 or $0.92 per share (diluted) compared to $3,031,000 or $0.49 per share (diluted) reported for the year ended December 31, 2012. We reported net sales increases of 7.6% in our Uniforms and Related Products segment excluding the impact of HPI. HPI contributed net sales in the second half of 2013 of $21,052,000, following our July 1, 2013 acquisition of their business, representing an increase of 33.7% from their prior year second half net sales. We reported an increase of 63.4% in net sales to outside customers in our Remote Staffing Solutions segment. Our net earnings in the current year included pre-tax expenses for costs associated with the acquisition of HPI totaling approximately $995,000. Exclusive of these acquisition expenses, HPI contributed approximately $0.07 earnings per share (diluted) in the second half of 2013.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 were $1,675,000 or $0.25 per share (diluted) compared to net earnings of $485,000 or $0.08 per share (diluted) reported for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. We reported net sales increases of 6.4% in our Uniforms and Related Products segment excluding the impact of HPI. HPI contributed net sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 of $12,014,000, representing an increase of 46.2% from their prior year fourth quarter net sales. We reported an increase of 42.1% in net sales to outside customers in our Remote Staffing Solutions segment. HPI contributed approximately $0.05 earnings per share (diluted) in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 included a non-cash, pre-tax intangible asset impairment loss of $1,226,000 to write off the remaining balance of the intangible asset associated with the licensing agreement with EyeLevel Interactive North America, LLC. After tax, this charge resulted in a reduction of 2012 earnings per share (diluted) of approximately $0.14.

Michael Benstock, chief executive officer, commented: "We are very proud to report these tremendous increases in our earnings in 2013. We have been working diligently for some time to lay the foundation that made these results possible. 2013 was a breakthrough year for our Company. We were able to complete the acquisition of HPI midyear after a relentless pursuit of almost four years. Following the acquisition, we have worked with HPI management to insure that the acquisition did not create any disruption in the service that was provided to customers. As a result, HPI has continued to maintain and build upon the momentum that started prior to the acquisition. They are positioned to continue to provide significant growth going forward.

"Following the acquisition, we have been able to focus the remainder of our Uniforms and Related Products segment's sales force on our other core markets such as healthcare while allowing HPI's sales force to continue pursuing their markets. As a result, we were able to streamline our sales force while still achieving solid net sales growth in this area. We look forward to continued solid growth from these markets as we move forward.

"We also continue to see remarkable opportunity and net sales growth in our Remote Staffing Solutions segment as well. In a relatively short period of time, we have developed a very strong organization with a tremendous culture that is committed to providing excellent service to our customers and that is positioned to deliver substantial sales and earnings growth in this segment for the foreseeable future.

"We remain in a very strong financial condition and are happy to be in a position that allows us to continue to pursue additional strategic acquisitions and to make the other investments in our future that will allow us to deliver even more robust results.

"Finally, I would be remiss not to thank the tremendous group of employees here at Superior Uniform Group for their hard work and clear focus that has made these results possible. I would also like to thank our shareholders for their continued support of our Company."

ABOUT SUPERIOR UNIFORM GROUP, INC.

Superior Uniform Group (SGC), established in 1920, is one of America's foremost providers of fine uniforms and image apparel. Headquartered in Seminole, Fla., Superior Uniform Group manages award-winning uniform apparel programs for major corporations nationwide. Leaders in innovative uniform program design, global manufacturing, and state-of-the-art distribution, Superior Uniform Group helps companies achieve a more professional appearance and better communicate their brands - particularly those in healthcare, private security, retail, hospitality, transportation and food service industries.

The Company's commitment to service, technology, quality and value-added benefits, as well as its financial strength and resources, support customers' diverse needs while embracing a "Customer 1st, Every Time!" philosophy and culture. Superior Uniform Group primarily sells its products through its signature brands Fashion Seal Healthcare(R) and HPI Direct(R). Superior Uniform Group is also the parent company for The Office Gurus(R), its BPO and Contact Center vertical, and power3web(TM), its web development division. For more information, call (800) 727-8643 or visit www.superioruniformgroup.com.

Statements contained in this press release which are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, those identified in the Company's SEC filings, which could cause actual results to differ from those projected.

 

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